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Five things to do in Ottawa this weekend, April 15-17

Flowers, freedom and fun: kick off spring weather finally arriving in the capital with our list of five things to do this weekend.

Flowers, freedom and fun: kick off Spring weather finally arriving in the capital with our list of five things to do this weekend.

Flowers, freedom and fun: kick off Spring weather finally arriving in the capital with our list of five things to do this weekend.

1. Orchid sale (all weekend)

If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding gardening project this spring, look no further than the Ottawa Orchid Society’s annual spring sale. The show runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the RA Centre. Vendors will be displaying everything orchid, from art, photography and, of course, the flowers themselves. Admission is $12.

2. Wild and Free Makers Market (Saturday)

Get in the mood for summer with artisanal food and drink, creativity and “inspired surroundings” at this weekend’s makers market at Makerspace North. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, $5 buys your way into a hip craft market filled with local vendors.

3. Anti-Street Harassment (all weekend)

Fight back against catcalls and abuse this week by participating in International Anti-Street Harassment. On Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Makerspace North will be hosting an info fair and moderated panel discussion on street harassment and intersectionality. A “chalk walk” will follow on Sunday at 3 p.m. in front of the Human Rights Memorial down Elgin Street.

4. Parent and Child Expo (all weekend)

“Play, learn and explore” at the Parent and Child Expo, with plenty of vendors and special guests for every age. Kids can meet Dora the Explorer, the Mini Pop Kids and the Teletubbies. Parents can learn about schools, tutors, summer amps and health and wellness. Tickets are $12 for a family of four. The expo takes place at the Nepean Sportsplex from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

5. Celebrate Sikh Month (all weekend)

The Ottawa Sikh Society and Punjabi School is offering Ottawans a chance to learn about Sikh heritage, religion and culture this weekend at City Hall. On Friday starting at 9 a.m. and running until 5 p.m., City Hall will be hosting a free exhibition featuring art, music, turban tying, Punjabi food and a martial arts demonstration. On Saturday and Sunday the exhibition will move to the Ottawa Gurdwara near the airport at 25 Gurdwara Road.

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